The Coraline production panel at Nucleus was crazy crowded, but I think it went pretty well (despite some audio technical issues). I saw the film last weekend and I really enjoyed it. You’ll be treated to beautiful visuals, environments, and animation, but a fantastic story treatment as well. The “Real-D” was impressive, but you pretty much forget about it after 10 or 15 minutes, so I don’t know how much it adds to the experience. I loved the score, and while it reminded me of Thomas Newman during the movie, I forced myself to forget that and let it roll on its own merits. Chris, Jon and Vera did some amazing work on the film up at Laika (well many others did too, but I only know them), and I helped Chris with some web coding to present his awesome colorkey.
Now go see it!
I finished my seed scarf. I like it.
There’s been snow on the San Gabriels the last week or so, which is pretty odd (but beautiful). I don’t remember seeing snow on them so close to Pasadena last year. Everyone who lives here agrees that LA is most amazing after it rains. You can see what it probably used to look like. Here’s a little view from my room. It feels like a Colorado town. At least I imagine it does.
Jesus Camp sucks. I mean, it’s a good documentary, but the camp sucks. It’s child abuse.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is excellent.
If you’re a coder (or a nerd), you would have been somewhat excited on Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 3:31pm and 30 seconds (PST). For those that aren’t coders, time is represented as the number of seconds since January 1, 1970, and at that moment, the number reached a magical 1234567890. Yeah, I know, amazing, huh? Google changed their logo for a sec:
Street Fighter IV is nostalgic and new, classic and fresh. It immediately feels like home but has enough new depth to spawn a new era of fighting freaks with crazy reaction time and inventive combos. Being able to play against anyone online is like a permanent arcade, which is dangerous.
We had our second Sketch Book Society gathering at Nucleus this evening, and the turnout was pretty much double that of last week. By the end of the night, everyone was having a good time laughing and sketching away. I think this will be a great source of inspiration and motivation for some local artists… we’re going to have to make more room next week. I spent my time working on some thumbnails for future Memori, as well as drawing some plants:
Last weekend I went to the Convention Center for the LA Art Show with Jane, and ’twas a day well spent (even though there was a Laker game at the Staples Center next door, calling out to me). The art was decent throughout, with a few standout artists/galleries, but near the end we stumbled upon Jane Edden’s work and it left us in awe. She’s a mixed-media master, combining tasteful electronics with science-inspired installations (this description doesn’t do it justice).
I’ll leave you with some other notable artists for your browsing pleasure: